Tennessee Alternative License and Alternative Route Programs

Candidates who have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college/university are eligible to apply for an alternative license (i.e., Transitional License) if they have been offered employment by an approved Tennessee public or non-public school.

Eligibility is determined by a candidate having either a subject area major, 24 semester hours or a passing score on the Praxis II® content knowledge for the teaching subject area(s) and/or grade level.

In addition, candidates who are qualified for an alternative license may want to consider additional information on qualifications for the Transitional License or the special alternative route programs for educator licensing, visit the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensing web page.


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